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Decolonizing Art Institutes from a Labor Point of View

Yet, doesn’t this colonial scene also ring true for contemporary art institutions, which in fact present post-colonial critical works? These same and often Western institutions determine the conditions in which colonial critical works are shown, how objects are shown, in which taste or style they are presented, and all in conversation with the structures of power that allow for the house, the gallery and so forth to exist in the first place.

Highlighting their experiences working in the Arts Collaboratory network and the Site for Unlearning (Art Organization) project with artist Annette Krauss, Casco's Binna Choi and Yolande van der Heide reflect on various histories of colonial heritage, alternative modes of labor and labor relations, and organizing art institutes differently, in the text 'Decolonizing Art Institutes from a Labor Point of View', their contribution to Issue 35 of On Curating: Decolonizing Art Institutions.

Special holiday opening times!

At Casco, we recently toasted the year's end, asking ourselves the question: If you could sum up the most memorable moment in 2017 with a few words to bring with you into 2018, what would they be? We landed on the following:

Freedom from...
Freedom to... (ditto)
Controlled burning

Less is more
Home and joy!

With these words, we are closing our year in transition from Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory, to Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons.

We will take a short winter break from Friday, 22 December 2017 until Friday, 5 January 2018. Our current exhibitions Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books will be open again from the weekend of Saturday, 6 January.

Recent publishing & special holiday offers

Below you’ll find some of our new publications, with special design and in diverse formats, and released in collaboration with Valiz and Spector Books. We’ve deducted 20 percent for the holiday season; place your order through our online bookshop here!

Also, don’t forget to visit the project-exhibitions Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books, the latter of which will receive book donations throughout its exhibition period in exchange for life-long library membership. Both projects are open until Sunday, 25 February 2018.

365 Days of Invisible Work
A compendium and calendar of political representations of domestic work collected by the Domestic Worker Photographer Network, an online community of amateur photographers made up of migrant workers, gardeners, dishwashers, artists, teachers, and many more!
Editors: Binna Choi, Yolande van der Heide, Werker Collective
Contributors: Domestic Worker Photographer Network, Lisa Jeschke, Marina Vishmidt
Designer: Werker Collective
Publishers: Casco, Spector Books, Werker Collective
ISBN: 9783959051569

Drawn In Drawn Out, Studying the Commons
A small yet dynamic book that diagrams various topics around the commons and (art) institutions and includes a forest of annotations. The booklet was conceived and written by the study group formed on the occasion of  We  Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning, an exhibition and study program that ran at Casco (2015–16) and investigated how an exhibition might work towards building and sustaining the commons.
Editors: Steyn Bergs, Binna Choi
Contributors: Steyn Bergs, Joana Chicau, Binna Choi, Halbe Kuipers, Nicolas Muñoz Saldaña, Whitney Stark
Designer: Paul Gangloff
Publisher: Casco
ISBN: 9789082414127

White Paper: On Land, Law and the Imaginary
The compendium to the White Paper project series developed by artist Adelita Husni-Bey in collaboration with several organizations and groups, addressing the relationship between legislation, property, and agency vis-á-vis the right to housing in Egypt, the Netherlands, and Spain.
Editors: Antonia Alampi, Binna Choi, Jens Maier-Rothe, Pablo Martínez
Contributors: E.C. Feiss, Adelita Husni-Bey, Ana Méndez de Andes, Mohammad Rabie, Emilio Santiago
Designer: Bart de Baets
ISBN: 9789492095275
Publishers: Beirut, Casco, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Valiz

Parasite Lottery
Music and comics on a double 7″ vinyl record with gatefold cover released for the Parasite Lottery project initiated by artist and cultural activist Wok The Rock, and developed with the Casco team as a pilot collective lottery system for art organizations, and their communities, in the Netherlands.
Producers: Casco and Wok The Rock
Music and lyrics: Frau (Leilani Hermiasih) and Wok The Rock
Artwork: Wok The Rock
Liner notes: Steyn Bergs

2017 interviews on Casco's institutional changes

Casco is happy to share with you recent interviews we did about our institutional changes, one by art historian and critic Vivian Sky Rehberg published in Frieze and another in Temporary Art Review by artist, curator, and critic James McAnally.

Reminder: Army of Love & The Library of Unread Books opening, 25 Nov 2017

Exhibition-projects Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books, Saturday, 25 November 2017,
12:00 – 15:00.

If it’s not already in your diary, pull out your pencils — this Saturday we’re celebrating. Join us over lunch as we commence the exhibition period for Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books with a performance by Heman Chong called Words, They, Wrote at 12:30. This will be followed by a conversation facilitated by Prof. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes with the initiators of the Army of Love project-exhibition Dora García and Ingo Niermann, and Heman Chong and Renée Staal of The Library of Unread Books. Lunch will be served from 13:30 onwards. Read the full opening program here and find the event on Facebook here.